Wow!! Its hard to believe but it is time to go hunting! I hope all of you have your hunts planned out, your gear is on its way to Kotz and your guns are sighted in.
My first groups will be going out next week and we are eager to see how the weather will treat them. As most of you all know the weather has been bad with 9 inches of rain last week forcing the rivers over the banks all across the region. I talked with some friends up in Kiana and the Squirrel River is really high flooding the boat launch across from the island at the mouth of the Squirrel. There are a number of Conexs that are about 3 feet under water and lots of junk coming down the river.
Most of the rivers will clean up by next week when early groups are arriving for hunts but keep in mind that all rivers in unit 23 can swell quickly. In 2006 we had a huge storm blast into the region and many of our hunting groups were washed out because they camped to close to the streams. Be careful when choosing your camps as the streams can and do rise over night and you will find yourselves wet very quickly. Rafters: Tie off your rafts! If that stream rises 2 feet and the raft is not tied off it will float away!
The Wulik is blown out but should recover faster than many others because it is short. Pilots have reported that the moose are up out of the river drainage because of the flooding so they may be scattered a bit next week.
The Noatak drainages (lower) have seen no real bou numbers. When the 15th of Sept roll around there will be lots of boy moving through the Kelly and Kug.
Upper Noatak: Starting to see bulls coming through the Desperation Lake area and upper Anisak. These are the animals that make it into the Onion Portage early and they are the first wave of animals. As reported on another thread locals are starting to see animals in the middle Kokuk River.
It's early and as long as the weather cools down as it should we will be seeing lots of Bou migrating through the unit. For you guys hunting early sept. expect to see small bands of animals. Mid Sept will be the time when the big groups come in and the Big Bulls are normally found at the back of those groups, cows, cavils and small bulls move in first.
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